Street Photography Tips – Keep it Simple

Many years ago a fellow photog friend commented on one of my photos and my uncanny ability to capture the obvious in my street and urban photography. It was taken as a compliment and I believe it was also intended to be so.

One method of shooting street photography is to keep it simple. It need not be complicated, though some would like you to think so. When looking at some of the classic street photos it is often those that capture the obvious and everyday life that still resonate.

Monochrome Brooklyn Street Photography
Brighton Beach Afternoon 5, New York City, 23 February 2020

The act of shooting street photography takes your whole being to see and react to what’s going on around you. Some street photogs only shoot very complicated things like odd juxtapositions and gimmicky stuff. They can be fun to capture. But how long do those shots remain in the memory?

It’s about shooting the visible, while capturing the invisible. There’s always more than that which meets the eye. If the viewer stops to wonder what is going on with the subject, you have succeeded in making a photo that works. It is how the viewer can briefly experience the life of others. Street photography is about our shared humanity.

Monochrome Brooklyn Street Photography
Brighton Beach Afternoon 17, New York City, 23 February 2020

You should not be concerned that everyone ‘likes’ your photo. The more that you define your style, the more you define your audience. If you are taking photos for everyone it’s the same as making them for no-one. Make them to please yourself first.

So be fearless in your working towards capturing photos that you like first and foremost. Let the followers happen as a result of you defining your style. Try keeping it simple and have some fun doing it!

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